Auditor: Brett Favre will repay the $1.1 million in no-show money

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Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre received $1.1 million in welfare funds for work he never performed, which is very good work if you can get it. Not surprisingly, Favre will be paying the money back now that the situation has come to light.

Via Patrick McGee of the Biloxi Sun Herald, Mississippi auditor Shad White said Favre will refund the seven-figure windfall.

“Today my office has received $500,000 from Brett Favre in repayment for [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] money he was paid through [Mississippi Community Education Center] and a commitment to repay the remainder in installments over the next few months,” White said in a statement. “The money will be held in our clearing account for a period and then be sent, in full, to the Mississippi Department of Human Services to be used for TANF-appropriate expenditures.

“I want to applaud Mr. Favre for his good faith effort to make this right and make the taxpayers and TANF families whole. To date, we have seen no records indicating Mr. Favre knew that TANF was the program that served as the source of the money he was paid.”

Regardless of whether Favre knew that the money came from welfare funds (or whether White has seen record indicating that he did, which is a different question altogether), Favre surely knew he was getting money for nothing. The circumstances cry out for more information as to why Favre got the money, who decided to give it to him, what he knew and when he knew it about where it came from, and whether any amount of it was kicked back to whoever gave it to him.

Indeed, given that the final amount was $1.1 million, it’s hard not to at least wonder whether Favre got $1.1 million with the understanding that someone else would be getting the $0.1 million of it. (That’s just speculation, based on the overall circumstances.)

Favre shouldn’t be let off the hook — and he definitely shouldn’t be applauded — for quickly giving back money he didn’t earn once it came out that he got money he didn’t earn. Indeed, if the mess hadn’t come to light, he surely would have kept the cash.

Either way, more needs to be known about the relationships that resulted in the payment, especially in light of a pair of recent articles from Mississippi Today that delve into Favre’s relationship with Mississippi Community Education Center founder Nancy New, a drug company (that supposedly is working on a concussion cure) in which New allegedly invested MCEC funds, and Favre’s effort to steer the drug company toward Mississippi for the location of a facility.

37 responses to “Auditor: Brett Favre will repay the $1.1 million in no-show money

  1. Interesting additional information on the payments. I was trying to figure out what possible connection there could be between Favre and Mississippi, this starts to make much more (if ugly) sense…

  2. The feds really need to get involved here, the state of MS is too incompetent as it is.

  3. And Congress was squawking about how some people may earn more from unemployment than from going back to work LOL. The rich get more gravy than the working man ever dreamed of getting. The reason being, they wrote the rulebook.

  4. “Favre surely knew he was getting money for nothing”

    Some people get money just for allowing someone to put their name on a building.

  5. Farve wouldn’t shut up about his personal opinion and speaking for Aaron Rodgers when it came to the team drafting the QB Love.

    Now he’s silent? And why does he need to pay it back in installments?

  6. He still committed fraud. Being caught stealing and then trying to return the money after you rob the bank, doesn’t mean you didn’t rob the bank.

  7. He doesn’t have the full amount ??? Or does he need time to get it back from someone who allegedly took a cut. Regardless, pay it back in full. Total disgrace. The longer it goes with no explanation from Favre, the worse it is.

  8. “Some people get money just for allowing someone to put their name on a building.”

    It sounds like he didn’t even do that.

  9. I’m at a loss why Farve did not immediately coming forward with what he knows about this? I would hope that he just found out about the appearance money & his supposed participation. I hope his agent/accountants have an explanation that shows little or know culpability on his part. Silence doesn’t seem to lend to that particular theory.

  10. Why doesn’t he just give them the speeches? It would be real easy now, just do a few webinars right from home…

  11. Maybe now he’ll shut his big mouth about Aaron Rodgers and focus on his own drama, which apparently he still has a lot of.

  12. Sounds like the “ol’ gunslinger” fancied himself bullet-proof.

  13. “Good faith effort”? More like “Better give this money back to avoid prosecution.” Favre has always been sleazy in my book,and this is just one more example of it.

  14. Perhaps he wasn’t notified of the payment s) by his financial advisor.

  15. Since there’s been zero explanation until we hear from Favre or anyone’s explanation its not right to crucify the guy. Favre like other retired athletes have a lot of business stuff going on, and for appearance fees to be paid in advance is not unusually, and if his corporation received $1.1 million in advance for appearances, commercial TV spots, print ads or anything else is not unusual. Was this the situation? who knows but there are many scenarios that could be it, but we haven’t heard one other than attacks. We don’t know yet.

  16. According to the audit, this was only a small part of $94M that was squandered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) with none of it going to the intended purpose. This is why nobody trusts the government. They are crooks and corruption is the status quo. I don’t know the reason this was given to Favre but I’m willing to give him a pass because he agreed to pay it back. It went to his foundation so it’s even possible he didn’t know about this. I think the real focus of everyone’s ire should be the people at DHS who wasted $94M which could have done a lot of good to help poor people instead of giving the money to whoever as favors or who knows what. Those people need to be held accountable and they need to face consequences. They should just clean house and get rid of all of them.

  17. The fact Favre didn’t even know he had the money is mind blowing. $1.1M shows up in your statement and your so rich you don’t even know. Then he pays it back in installments. Did they give it to him in installments. How much money did that money generate in investments, and who keeps that money. Yeh, Mr. Favray is a real saint.

  18. There’s a chance he didn’t really know much of anything about it. To some folks (not me) $1.1M isn’t a tremendous amount of money. I assume he has a business manager that handles most of this stuff. He might just get told when to get off the tractor or out of the deer stand and show up someplace. I’m not a Farve fan or anything — I’m just tired of our rush to judgement on everything based on bits of information. If he did knowingly participate in this scheme, then he deserves all the fallout this ought to bring (ought, not likely will). And who knows, maybe he just found out through this mess that he hired the son of Willie Nelson’s former accountant for his business manager…

  19. If I was Favre, I’d consider myself lucky if I got off with only repaying the money.
    I’d be scared law enforcement would conduct an investigation and I’d go to prison for fraud.

  20. Celebrities and athletes have accountants who run all that and it is absolutely possible and probable he does not know where each dollar is ocming from only the income total and expenditure total. He gets money from Wranglers, video games, more and all of that changes month to month probably and year to year so it is easy to see how he and others do not know the why only the result.

  21. If criminal activity occurred by the Mississippi Community Education Center, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, or Farve, there needs to be public trials.
    No plea deals.

  22. If some down and out guy got caught robbing a bank in Mississippi, he isn’t let off the hook merely by returning the money. It doesn’t work that way. Notwithstanding Favre’s considerable wealth and celebrity status he too should go to jail. If anything, Favre’s conduct is more egregious than your typical bank robber given he is richer than Midas and is siphoning off funds earmarked for impoverished families. The notion that Favre is “applauded” for returning his Ill gotten gains is obscene. Only in Mississippi.

  23. Doesnt the IRS have to refund Favre any taxes paid on the $1.1M? Oh wait………

  24. I’d really like to give him the benefit of the doubt. Also, this is a really bad look on all parties involved. Regardless, it appears as if someone had there hand in the cookie jar, while no one was looking, until they were looking!!!

  25. The funds were received in 2017 and 2018. I want to know whether these funds were reported on the tax returns for the corporation. If not, regardless of whether the funds are repaid, then there are criminal charges that should be filed.

  26. $500,000 is probably his share. They wouldn’t just give him that without an angle. It all seems so stupid and easily found out.

  27. Brett Favre has tweeted “I have never received monies for obligations I didn’t meet. To reiterate Auditors White’s statement, I was unaware that the money being dispersed was paid for out of funds not intended for that purpose, and because of that I am refunding the full amount back to Mississippi.”

  28. This seems criminal, so why are they just letting him give the money back, and not investigating with the goal of arresting him, and anyone else involved?

  29. Let’s face it, if any of us “little people” unknowingly took in even $20,000 in state money for rather sketchy purposes, we’d be arrested by now.

  30. Why give the money back if you fulfilled your obligation? Something stinks here.

  31. sbc2556 says:
    May 6, 2020 at 8:19 pm
    Farve wouldn’t shut up about his personal opinion and speaking for Aaron Rodgers when it came to the team drafting the QB Love.

    Now he’s silent? And why does he need to pay it back in installments?
    Well, he probably just doesn’t have 1.1 million sitting in his bank account. Many rich people don’t. What disturbs me about that point is he obviously used this money that he was “given” to invest with. Making passive income of your riches without doing any work is exactly how the rich get richer.

  32. He knowingly accepted the money as an ex-Viking player, and decided to pay it back as an ex-Packer player.

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